Laura Sharman 22 July 2020

Turn high street shops into new homes, urges report

Turn high street shops into new homes, urges report image

The Government should stop trying to slow the ‘inevitable’ decline of the high street and instead embrace new ways of saving urban centres, a new paper has argued.

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said that empty high street shopping units could be converted into 800,000 new homes by the public sector.

It is calling on the Government to write off £80bn in local government debt to stimulate new investment in community assets in town and city centres.

The report - A New Life for the High Street - also calls for areas at risk of urban decline to be designated as Economic Growth Areas (EGAs), with tax incentives contingent on the hiring of local workers.

Scott Corfe, SMF research director, said: ‘Trying to prop up high street retailers facing long-term decline is not an act of kindness to workers or towns. It just postpones the inevitable and wastes opportunities to develop new policies to help workers and towns embrace the future.

’Nothing can stop the demise of traditional high street shopping so it would be better for politicians to support the next chapter in the story of the high street, with hundreds of thousands of new homes that bring new life to our urban centres.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Programme Manager - Capital Programme

Cumbria County Council
£48,984 - £51,055
We are looking for candidates to lead the development and delivery of significant projects and programmes which... Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Highways Team Leader

Cumbria County Council
£25,481 - £25,991
Are you a hard-working and experienced Highways operative, looking for the next step in your career? Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Project Lead - Programme Control

Cumbria County Council
£39,880 - £40,876
Cumbria County Councils Capital programme is valued at £100-120Million/ annum. Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Senior Occupational Therapist

Cumbria County Council
£35,745 - £36,922
This role requires an enhanced DBS check with an Adults Barred List check. Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Performance Assistants FN038e

Cumbria County Council
£27,741.00 to £28,672.00
This is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced strategic team Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue